The perpetrator was unknown to the Belgian security services. Geens stated that there was no sign of the man in Belgian databases. He further said that searches to find the perpetrator are still in progress on both sides of the French-Belgian border. The searches are happening, although it is not 100% certain that the man who carried out the shootings fled by car.
Lastly the minister gave assurances that there is, however, no indication at present that Belgium may be targeted in the same way.